Video: Runner miscounts remaining laps in race and thinks he's broken World Record
Best feeling in the world for an Olympian? Breaking a world record. Worst feeling? When it turns out there's actually still two laps to spare.
That's what happened to US Olympian Lopez Lomong, who miscounted the number of laps remaining during his 5k race on Tuesday night, believing that he had shattered the world record. In the end, however, he still managed to win the race.
Lopez, a 1.5km specialist, was running his first 5k race for five years and miscounted his laps so severely that he slowed down to a near stop at the 'finish line' with two laps to spare. He even flung his arms out in a victory celebration too. Take a look below:
"Oops," Lomong recalled thinking while speaking to reporters after the race. "This is not good."
Thankfully Lopez still managed to earn the Olympic A standard qualifying time for the race, though perhaps he won't happy to have became a viral hit in the process.